We Wish You a Merry Christmas (arr. Ritter and Noble)

From Wind Repertory Project
John Rutter

English carol arranged by John Rutter and Paul Noble

Subtitle: English Traditional Carol

General Info

Year: 1985 / 2014
Duration: c. 1:40
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Carol
Publisher: Bandmusicpdfpublisher
Cost: Score and Parts (digital) - $50.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum

SATB Chorus


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This piece was written as a final encore at Christmas concerts when the audience simply refused to go home!

John Rutter created the orchestra; arrangement. Paul Noble arranged Rutter's arrangement for combined concert band and choir, or band alone.

- Program Note from publisher

We Wish You a Merry Christmas is a popular English carol from the West Country of England. In the comprehensive New Oxford Book of Carols (1992), editors Hugh Keyte and Andrew Parrott describe it as "English traditional" and "The remnant of an envoie much used by wassailers and other luck visitors"; no source or date is given. Various print and online sources date the carol to the sixteenth century, without giving a source.

The origin of this Christmas carol lies in the English tradition wherein wealthy people of the community gave Christmas treats to the carolers on Christmas Eve, such as "figgy pudding" that was very much like modern-day Christmas puddings. A variety of nineteenth-century sources state that, in the West Country of England, "figgy pudding" referred to a raisin or plum pudding, not necessarily one containing figs.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • East Tennessee State University (Johnson City) Concert Band (Joe D. Moore, conductor) - 9 December 2019

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